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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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We Made a Mistake – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on We Made a Mistake – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Communism, Extremism, Ideology, Totalitarianism

A conversation between two Bolsheviks in a Siberian gulag: ‘Listen now,’ he said, sitting up in bed. ‘Listen, my friend. This will be the last time I call you like this.’ ‘Don’t talk like that,’ said Abarchuk. ‘You’re going to live!’ ‘I’d sooner undergo torture, but I have to say this… You listen too,’ he […]

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What Endures is the Individual – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on What Endures is the Individual – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Communism, Humanism

From Linda Grant’s Introduction: For Grossman, communism and fascism are ephemera. What matters, what endures, is the individual and the ordinary act of human kindness, indeed the often senseless act of kindness, as when an old Russian woman, about to hoist a brick in the face of a captured German soldier, instead finds to her […]

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“Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek I think the final sentence is particularly perceptive here…

January 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek I think the final sentence is particularly perceptive here… · Philosophy, Progressive Politics, Uncategorized

I sometimes feel that the most conspicuous attribute of liberalism that distinguishes it as much from conservatism as from socialism is the view that moral beliefs concerning matters of conduct which do not directly interfere with the protected sphere of other persons do not justify coercion. This may also explain why it seems to be […]

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Lord Acton, quoted in “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek

January 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Lord Acton, quoted in “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek · Philosophy, Uncategorized

At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects often differed from their own; and this association, which is always dangerous, has sometimes been disastrous, by giving to opponents just grounds of opposition.

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